Although, it only an illusion reinforced throughout the poem, along with its irony and sarcasm that is ‘The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori’, it is not sweet and fitting to die for ones country. But it is the death and horror brought to peoples lives. The truth is revealed through this description of a battalion returning from the frontline, wounded, exhausted, or even dead. As the
Jumping from one story to the next, from one character to another, and from one emotion to a different one, O’Brien conveys his overall purpose to portray the burdensome journey of a group of soldiers during the Vietnam War. Throughout Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the narrator’s varying titles and sections that correspond to each Vietnam War recollection emphasize the predominant themes of trauma and courage, all the while establishing the narrator’s significant use of structure and development of individual characters. At the commencement of the novel, the opening story entitled “The Thing They Carried” stresses the concept that not only did the soldiers carry physical burdens, but also subjective and emotional traumas. Although the soldiers struggled carrying the physical weapons of the war, they also “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing--these were intangibles, but the intangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight” (O’Brien 20).
Anthem For Doomed Youth is a sonnet written by Wilfred Owen about the realities of war. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during WW1 and therefore understands fully the true experiences of war. He was against war and was appalled by the effects of war on people and their families. The purpose of the poem is to inform the public of the true realities of war and how young men where dying needlessly. This was because during war times the media would tell the public that the war going great and that the men where doing just fine, but this obviously just wasn’t true.
Instead, you probably would have asked one of the following questions: “Do you know where my buddies are?” “Can I call them?” “Can someone else do it instead?”, or anything else along that you might have been confused about. However, this was not the case for the character Rowan.
We see fragmentation in their respective relationships through the structure. The Manhunt is written in couplets which suggest a relationship between two people. However, there is little rhyme in these couplets which shows us that there isn’t harmony in their relationship. Perhaps the war in which Eddie was in has made his mind focus on the destruction of war to the extent that he can’t think of his relationship. After all, he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He stayed because I wanted him to stay. I stayed because…” This is Sydney Schandberg in “The Killing Fields” filled with remorse about exploiting his assistant turned friend because he wanted the ultimate story. His friend who was at that point missing. deemed dead. Foreign correspondents in some way inevitably attach themselves to their storiesy and to those who make help them report.
They can see how he lived during the time he served and how awful he made it seem. The best way to have a convincing argument is to make the audience see through the eyes of the author, and to make them envision a mental image of what the author has seen. Gurganus tells how he was, “dressed in ugly clothes exactly like 4,000 others, to be called a number, to be stuck among men who will brag and scrap and fight but never admit to any terror, any need” (606). This flashback makes the war sound very unappealing and an experience that most of his readers would not like to experience themselves. Through this detailed description, Gurganus adds to his argument, making the war sound even more horrific.
The one word that best describes the mood of this vignette is shock. "O'Brien" is in shock from killing the man, and the rest of the world is moving around him, all in speech and imagination. O'Brien has his two American comrades, Azar and Kiowa, try to move around "O'Brien." Azar sees only a fallen enemy and compliments "O'Brien" on a thorough job — he cannot understand what "O'Brien" is feeling. Kiowa is more sympathetic, offering textbook comments, such as switching places with the dead man and that he would have been killed anyway, in order to console "O'Brien" whom he believes regrets his action.
This is how Duffy, conveys the issue of how cruel and gruesome war is in stanza one. In stanza two Duffy writes about his job and how he, the persona struggles to accept it. ”he has a job to do.” Duffy uses the word job to show a sense of duty and obligation, therefore it makes it seem that this is something that he has to do and accept. ”Beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now” this shows us how the persona feels and how he is devastated but at the scene of the war, he cannot afford to shake and take a bad photo. ”home again to ordinary pain” This line shows us that the persona has seen what real suffering is like.
It quivers a little with each kick.”P145 chapter 9. This shows how the enemy is treated even once they are killed. The soldiers probably did this out of rage and a need for revenge. This results in the men dehumanizing one other less proving the point that this novel examples that war changes people. Today we regret the actions that we made in war and so do other countries involved.